For residents of Optima Old Orchard Woods in Skokie, IL, the unobstructed views of treetops stretching west toward the horizon, southeast to the Chicago skyline, and east to Lake Michigan offer a welcome respite after a hectic workday. What's surprising, though, is that this relaxing realization of the American Dream is actually part of a massive 2 million-square-foot, mixed-use, multifamily community that includes 675 condominiums, five indoor recreational facilities, street-front commercial amenities, and enclosed parking.

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